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UCM PR Program Welcomes Tom Heapes and Jenn Mullins

Tom Heapes  


"My hope is to be able to use the knowledge I've gained from a long career in the public relations profession to help students be prepared for the challenges they'll face in today's PR environment. I want our students to be able to walk in the door of their first job out of school with all of the tools they'll need to be great professional communicators."

Tom began his career as a broadcast journalist and moved into corporate public relations positions in the pharmaceutical and energy sectors. His long-term experience includes award-winning work in medical, pharmaceutical, and consumer goods and services, as well as work in the public sector. In his 30-year career he has provided strategic counsel, crisis communications advice and media relations skills to Fortune 500 CEOs as well as entrepreneurs just starting out. 

Heapes has taught at UCM previously as an adjunct instructor. He developed and taught our popular Social Media and Public Relations class.

Tom has been active in the Public Relations Society of America and is a past president of the Greater Kansas City Chapter. He has served on the board and as board president for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City and volunteered with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Tom is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in speech. He is married to Debby Heapes and has two grown children, Matt Heapes and Melissa Heapes Davis.

Jenn Mullins  


"My goal is to create a learning environment for my students which will give them the opportunity to experience and become confident in the profession of public relations. I am excited about working with the students and faculty at UCM."

Jenn Mullins comes to UCM from Anchorage, Alaska where she spent the last four years as the Community & Technical College at the University of Alaska Anchorage's Communication Coordinator. Her work included working with the media, designing and printing publications, webmaster of the college's immense website and planning event's for the college's 14 divisions. "I've learned a lot in the four years I spent in Alaska. It is a young organization and I was able to take many things from the ground up," says Mullins. "I plan to bring that experience into the classroom for the benefit of the students.”

She earned her bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she also taught as an adjunct. Her research focus is in two areas: the forms and quality of communication in military families; and quality of communication for the disabled. As a military spouse and parent of a special needs child, she has developed a passion for helping others understand the needs of these two populations.

“We are delighted to add Tom Heapes and Jenn Mullins to the UCM PR faculty. They are consummate teachers and public relations professionals. Our students’ educations will just get better and better."
Tricia Hansen-Horn, Ph.D., Program Coordinator

"We are really excited to have Tom and Jennifer join our faculty," said Adam Horn, assistant professor of public relations. "UCM already has a strong public relations program. But, with Tom and Jennifer's more than 35 years of combined PR experience, they just made our program even stronger - which will immediately benefit the students in and out of the classroom. As the program continues to grow, both will also play in integral role as we seek CEPR certification during the next year. This is truly an exciting time tobe involved in the Public Relations Major program. We are glad they're here."
Adam Horn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

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